A judge sentenced a Michigan mom, who ran over her son in his school parking lot, to 30 days in jail and probation on Thursday.
As Dearly reported, security footage captured Tiffany Amber Kosakowski running over her 9-year-old son, Julian, in the Chandler Woods Charter Academy parking lot in December 2018.
WZZM reports that court documents state:
Ms. Kosakowski admitted to moving the steering wheel from left to right, then accelerating the vehicle knowing [her son] continued to be next to the vehicle.
Police said the video shows Kosakowski swerved the car as her son held onto the handle for 47 yards. Once Julian lost his grip, he was run over by the car’s back tire.
The third-grader suffered a fractured skull as well as multiple broken bones. Further, Julian was in a coma for a week following the incident. He currently requires continuous care and physical therapy.
In February, Kosakowski pleaded guilty to reckless driving causing serious injury. In response, prosecutors dismissed a second-degree child abuse charge as a part of a plea deal, BuzzFeed News reports.
Judge Curt Benson sentenced the mother of two to a six-month jail sentence. However, most of that time has been suspended, leaving her with only 30 days to serve.
John Rodriguez, the victim’s father, told the court he hadn’t seen Julian or his twin sister in five years.
Rodriguez went on:
“The next time I saw my son he was lying in a coma […] his head covered in wires [and] tubes, and sensors in his mouth and all over his little body.”
The father said the doctor told him that the injuries have permanently altered his son. Although the injuries to his brain are healing, the doctor reportedly said that “there will always be signs of what happened.”
Kosakowski told Benson:
“All I care about is being there for my son as he recovers and supporting him everyday as I have been doing.”
Benson told the court that he received 30 letters from Kosakowski’s supporters from her church and the school.
However, he said:
“Of the 30 people who wrote the letters, I’ll be quite blunt with you — I am not sure all of them would be as supportive, if they, like I, watched the security footage of this incident, which is simply inexcusable. It was really hard to watch, and I am not sure you would enjoy as much support as you evidently do, had that been widely distributed.”
However, Benson is allowing Kosakowski to serve her 30 days on weekends only. This will allow her to be by her son’s side during his recovery, WZZM reports.
A GoFundMe page set up to raise money for Kosakowski’s legal fees has raised over $3,000 in three months.
The page states:
Tiffany has not left Julian’s side since the accident.
A separate court hearing is pending to determine parental custody for Julian and his twin sister.